About our Dietitians

Amanda O'Brien (Burton) obtained a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Dietetics from Memorial University in 2005. She completed her dietitian internship training from ARAMARK Canada Ltd, and during this time was awarded the Dietitians of Canada Judy Van Tilburg Memorial Bursary.

Since becoming a dietitian, she has worked and continues to work in urban and rural environments across Newfoundland and Labrador. Amanda has a broad range of experience in many clinical, community and food service nutrition areas. She has aided all ages of clients with diet and nutrition information for many conditions including weight loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome and more.

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Dietitian vs Nutritionist

The title "Registered Dietitian", "Professional Dietitian", and "Dietitian" (RD, RDN, PDt or RDt) are protected by law -- through provincial legislation -- so that only qualified practitioners who have met education qualifications can use that title.

A dietitian is a health professional who has a Bachelor's degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. Many dietitians further their knowledge by pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree.

Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate. Dietitians are held accountable for their conduct and the care they provide.

The term Nutritionist is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can call themselves a "Nutritionist". The title "Nutritionist" is protected for dietitians in some provinces and dietitians do use the title "Nutritionist". As the term "Nutritionist" is not a protected title in some provinces, you should contact your provincial regulatory body to ensure that you are receiving services from a dietitian. "Nutritionist" is not a protected title in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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